Mexican Shredded Beef Tamale Pie

Mexican Shredded Beef Tamale Pie
Tamale pie is a magical casserole with layers of a sweet cornbread with a savoury sauce and plenty of creamy melted cheese that I find irresistible! When I made the Mexican shredded beef I made extra so that I could use some in a tamale pie and when combined with a tasty homemade enchilada sauce it makes for the perfect savoury sauce layer! You can easily bulk this sauce up with the addition of beans and or veggies but I like to keep it simple, and meaty! The cornbread layer of the tamale pie is typically the top layer but I enjoy using it as the bottom layer so that I can top everything off with melted cheese! Given that my sauce layer is pretty much just meat and enchilada sauce I serve this Mexican shredded beef tamale pie topped with fresh pico de gallo and guacamole making for a complete and tasty meal!

Mexican Shredded Beef Tamale Pie

Mexican Shredded Beef Tamale Pie

Mexican Shredded Beef Tamale Pie

Mexican Shredded Beef Tamale Pie

Mexican Shredded Beef Tamale Pie

Mexican Shredded Beef Tamale Pie
Mexican Shredded Beef Tamale Pie

Mexican Shredded Beef Tamale Pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Servings: 8

Moist and tender sweet cornbread topped with mouth-watering shredded beef and enchilada sauce all smothered in plenty of gooey gooey melted cheese!


ingredients
    For the cornbread:
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour (gluten-free for gluten-free)
  • 2/3 cup cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 (14 ounce) can creamed corn
  • For the tamale pie:
  • 1 1/2 cups enchilada sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups mexican shredded beef or beef barbacoa
  • 1 1/2 cups cheese (such as cheddar, Monterey jack, etc.), shredded
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
directions
    For the cornbread:
  1. Mix the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder before mixing in the mixture of the oil, milk and egg followed by the corn.
  2. Pour the mixture into a greased baking pan (an 8 inch square pan or a 9 inch circular pan), and bake in a preheated 400F/200C oven until a toothpick pushed into the centre comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  3. For the tamale pie:
  4. Poke holes in the top of the cornbread, spread 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce over the top.
  5. Mix the remaining enchilada sauce into the meat and sprinkle over the cornbread followed by the cheese.
  6. Bake in preheated 350F/180C oven until the sides are bubbling and the cheese has melted, about 15 minutes before garnishing with cilantro and enjoying.

Option: Replace the milk with buttermilk.
Option: Replace the oil with bacon grease!
Option: Use your favourite homemade or store-bought enchilada sauce.
Option: Use shredded/pulled chicken, pork or beef or leftover carnitas, chicken carnitas, cochinita pibil, etc.
Option: serve topped with pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, etc.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 360, Fat 16g (Saturated 5g, Trans 0.4g), Cholesterol 69mg, Sodium 756mg, Carbs 35g (Fiber 2g, Sugars 9g), Protein 19g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Mix the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking meowed before mixing in the mixture of the oil, milk and egg followed by the corn" Step 1 ... meowed is a really weird typo hahaha

Deborah said...

I love that your recipes are very tasty but not complicated. Really like it when you give the Nutrition Facts. Thanks for your posts

Valerie said...

I made this last night and have a couple comments - first I made it in a 10" cast iron which worked perfect. Overall the recipe worked well, but I'd recommend people consider how sweet they want their cornbread and if it will match the enchilada sauce they're using. I made your recipe for the Mexican shredded beef which was very good, but used a different sauce and my family found the bread was too sweet and the flavor combination disjointed. I think I'd just not add the corn at all if I made it again, which would probably require replacing some of that liquid with more milk or water but I think it would taste better without it. In general I love your recipes, thanks!

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